This is one of my very early efforts at building a model seriously.
Otaki does make a really nice Hellcat, even for it's age. With all the posts of some of these older models, it kind of makes me want to do a little refurbishing t[...]
With two other 78th FG P-47s up today, I might as well follow the theme. I've done a lot of studying this past year of these P-47s while writing "Aces of the 78th Fighter Group" (which Osprey will publish this coming fall).
Frank Oiler arrived[...]
Well, yesterday was a busy day at the Cameron airport. I finally had an opportunity to spend a couple hours out there and photographed three more planes. These were the very first digital pics ever of this one, a Republic P-47D Razorback, a 1[...]
Some of our little East Texas Model Builders Club recently built a model to be presented to a friend of one of the members. The pilot flew 135 missions over North Vietnam, out of DaNang, way back when. Two of our guys were able to travel to th[...]
Here is a natural metal Razorback from my P-47 collection. This is 1/48 Tamiya P-47 D23 RA Thunderbolt with the markings of 82ndFS / 78 th FG / 8 th Air Force based in Duxford England during 1944. This natural metal machine was flown by Lt.R.D.S[...]
have just finished up on this build, i love how it turned out ! and it certainly stands out ! alot of work went into this build, allot of weathering and masking for the green,
Hope you like ! any comments welcome :)
The Trumpeter F4F-3 done with Eduard photoetch interior details and lap belts (USN aircraft did not have shoulder harness till after Midway).
Butch O'Hare, who Alex Vraciu once told me was the best pilot he ever knew, was the Navy's first ace o[...]
I used the Tamiya kit with the Just Plane Stuff -3 conversion.
Unlike some of them sold mine was in good shape with no major problems.
I did sand down the flotation bag covers on the wings which stood a little to high.
It's a pretty straight for[...]
Keeping the "Wildcat" thing going....
I really wanted to add an F4F-3 to the collection and since there was none out there, finally decided to convert Tamiya's outstanding F4F-4. Overall it was not such a hard thing to accomplish, (I did it so.[...]
My man cave was too clean so here it is with the Dragon 1/350th Livermore kit in progress. I plan on building it as the USS Wilkes performing convoy and ASW work in the Atlantic. Also the first shelf set up with models on it, and my shadow box.